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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Outgoing Lake County judge questions process of filling juvenile court vacancy"

Absolutely fascinating must-read story this morning by Marisa Kwiatkowski in the NWI Times. Some quotes:

Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to issue an order requiring her replacement be chosen through merit selection rather than seniority, according to letters obtained Friday by The Times.

Bonaventura is leaving the bench to become director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Last month a Lake Superior Court memo indicated Judge Nicholas Schiralli would take over the juvenile division based on seniority. Judge Gerald Svetanoff, the longest-serving judge in Superior Court, had first choice but declined the job. Schiralli, who was next in line, accepted it.

In her letter to the Supreme Court, Bonaventura asked the justices to intervene and require her job be filled by merit selection instead. Through merit selection, a Judicial Nominating Commission would interview applicants and choose three finalists to present to the governor, who would have final choice.

The long story includes links to the two letters.

Here are earlier, related ILB entries:

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 9, 2013 10:00 AM
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